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The series Charmed is about the three Halliwell sisters whom discover that they are descendents of a line of female witches. Each has a special ability (stopping time, moving objects, seeing the future), and they can also combine their abilities into the "Power of Three" to fight demons, warlocks, and other evils.

Episode Information

  • Episode Title: She's a Man Baby! A Man!
  • Season: 2
  • Episode Number: 27
  • Running Time: 42 Minutes
Actress Heidi Mark
Glamour Photograph of Heidi Mark
Darla the Succubus from the Episode

Cast and Crew

  • Writer: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
  • Director: Martha Mitchell
  • Starring: Shannen Doherty (Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell (Season 1-3))
Holly Marie Combs (Piper Halliwell)
Alyssa Milano (Phoebe Halliwell)
Greg Vaughan (Dan Gordon (Season 2))
Dorian Gregory (Darryl Morris (recurring))


  • Guest Stars: Heidi Mark (Darla the Succubus)
Nick Stabile (Owen Grant)
Georgia Emelin (Jan)
Jamison Yang (Coroner)
Lex Medlin (Alan Stanton)
Michael McLafferty (Alan Stein)
The Cranberries (Themselves)
Ralph Garman (DJ)
Dean Kelly (Gorgeous Man)



Episode Summary

The sisters discover that Phoebe is psychically linked, through her powers, to a man-killing demon known as a 'Succubus.' In order to lure the Succubus to the sisters, Prue casts a spell, which turns her into a man. Meanwhile, Piper discovers from a video tape at the dating service that their new neighbour, Dan, is interested in her.


Episode in Detail

Plot

San Francisco is in the fourth day of a heatwave, and Phoebe is burning up. She tells Piper that she doesn't feel sick, only aroused. She relates a sex dream she's had for the last three nights; it feels different somehow and she's with a different man every night who she ends up killing. "Extreme sexual frustration," Piper tells her, "trust me, I know."

Later that night, Phoebe experiences her dream again, before waking up with a start.

The following day, Prue is at Bucklands, where she tries to start a conversation with Alan, her date from the previous night. She was frustrated after their date because, despite giving out all the signals, he just dropped her off. She asks if anything happened on their date and he tells her he'll call her. This, Piper reckons, is the kiss of death.

Morris shows up and tells Prue that four men have been killed in the four nights since the heatwave started. He knows she's got a secret, but doesn't want to know what it is, he just wants her to help. He shows Prue photos of the victims. All four died of a severe cerebral trauma, were drained of testosterone and were members of the Fine Romance dating service. He tells Prue that he's getting some pressure about the case and that it can't turn out to be unexplained.

At the Manor, Phoebe is relating her dream to Piper - it felt real. Prue returns with the photos Morris gave her and Phoebe recognises the victims from her dreams. Piper suggests she's gained a new power while Prue believes Phoebe's got a psychic link to the killer. She suggests she goes to the dating agency.

Morris and his temporary partner are staking out the dating service and taking photos of everyone entering, including Prue and Phoebe. Once instead, Phoebe announces that Prue wants to join. Exploring the place, Phoebe bumps into Owen Grant and has a premonition of him and the killer.

Back at the Manor, Piper has spent more time watching Dan washing his car than researching in the Book of Shadows, but she's able to tell her sisters that the killer is a sexual predator called a succubus. Prue offers to cast a spell to attract the succubus to her; if Phoebe turns out to be the killer then at least Piper can freeze everything.

The sisters cast the spell in the attic. As the fire dies down, Phoebe is relieved to find that not the succubus. "I'm okay," she declares only for a voice behind her and Piper to say, "I'm not." It's Prue, who has been transformed into a man.

Later, Piper and Phoebe are trying to persuade Prue to come out of the bathroom. She says she won't, not unless Piper reverses the spell. Piper refuses, saying that innocent men will die if she doesn't stay as a man. They manage to coax her out, only for her to shut herself away again due to their finding the whole thing funny. Phoebe then suggests that she signs up with the dating service in order to attract the succubus.

Having finally got Prue to come out again, Piper and Phoebe suggest she needs to practice her walk as a guy. She isn't very successful. The doorbell rings and Phoebe suggests that Prue answer it, telling her to try to act like Tom Hanks. The visitor is Dan, who wants some ice. Piper introduces Prue as her friend Manny Hanks, who Dan thinks looks familiar. "I'm the brother they never had," 'he' replies.

Phoebe has had a vision and tells Piper that she's seen egg sacs and that she thinks the succubus is pregnant. Meanwhile, Dan and Manny discuss Piper and whether she's dating anyone. Throughout the conversation, Manny copies Dan's mannerisms before he's packed off with the ice.

At the dating service, Manny makes a tape. "You're really in touch with your feminine side," the camerawoman notes.

Meanwhile, Piper and Phoebe ask about Owen. Darla suggests they join and review his tape, but Piper just freezes the room while Phoebe finds the tape, along with one made by Dan.

Phoebe suggests taking Owen back to the Manor, which Piper doesn't think is a good idea. She goes to check on Prue, taking Dan's tape with her. His sister paid for him to join the service and he's looking for the girl next door, someone with a good heart with the personality and looks to match. He talks her having long dark and a great smile, which brings a smile to Piper.

Owen asks if Phoebe wants to leave, but she tells him she can't. While he's off getting drinks she has a vision of the succubus. She calls Piper over but Smith tells her he wants to ask her some questions. Morris tells him to let her go and, having seen the succubus closing in on Owen, she shouts to Manny to take him out. Manny rushes over and punches Owen, followed by Smith before Morris arrests him. As Manny is lead out, Phoebe sees the succubus is now attracted to Manny.

At the station, Phoebe asks Morris to let Manny go, telling him that he's the reason why there hasn't been a murder so far tonight. She tells him not to release Owen, who is still a potential victim.

The following day at the Manor, Piper tells Prue that Alan called. He wants to go out with her, but Piper had to tell him Prue was "hormonal" right now. Meanwhile, Phoebe's temperature continues to rise as her connection with the succubus grows stronger.

Manny has lined up dates at P3 with everyone who responded to the tape. At the club, Alan sits next to him. Manny tells him that he works at Bucklands with Prue and Alan reveals that he finds dating women difficult. He thinks Prue is cool, but that he went too slow with her.

Phoebe has a vision that the succubus is in the club and sees Jan, who recorded Prue's tape at the dating service. Piper phones Prue's mobile and tells her to get outside and Phoebe collars Jan, only to have a vision that she's not the succubus.

In the alley outside, the succubus is revealed to be Darla. Prue tries to use her powers, but find she's unable to. "Tell me I'm irresistible," Darla tells Manny before unleashing her razor-sharp tongue. Piper and Phoebe rush in, Piper screams and then freezes Darla. Prue gets out of the way and Morris and Smith show up as Darla unfreezing, flinging Smith aside. She unleashes her tongue at Morris, who shoots her and she is apparently dead. However, Prue finds that she's still a guy.

In the coroner's office, the coroner tells Smith that preliminary test indicate that Darla was the murderer. Smith is left alone with her, and he pulls back the sheet covering Darla, since he thinks she's a babe. Her tongue is unfurls into his mouth.

At the Manor, Prue and Piper are discussing why Prue hasn't reverted to her normal self. Prue tells Piper that men are just as afraid as women and that Dan is probably afraid of rejection. Phoebe has another vision of the succubus killing again. Prue tells her sisters, "I gotta take a leak," but while she's gone, Phoebe has a vision of Darla and Manny in the bathroom.

Piper and Phoebe find the window smashed and Manny gone. Phoebe finds herself connected again, it's the same place as before but she doesn't know where it is. Piper suggests reversing the psychic connection with the succubus.

Manny is lying on Darla's bed while she comes onto him, telling him that he finds her irresistible. Phoebe manages to reverse the connection so that she Darla says what she is saying, allowing Manny to break through her spell. "I'm rejecting you," Manny declares, using Prue's power to through Darla against the wall, where she is engulfed in flames. Prue finds that she's reverted to a female once more.

At P3 for a gig by The Cranberries, Prue agrees that she's learned a few things about being a woman by being a man. Piper has called Dan, Phoebe has an appointment with a doctor - Owen, and Prue meets Alan.


The Book of Shadows

According to the Book: "when a witch renounces all human emotion and makes a pact with darkness to protect herself from heartbreak she becomes a succubus, a sexual predator. She seeks out powerful men who become helpless against her magic then feeds on their testosterone with her razor sharp tongue."

The spell to attract the succubus involves drawing a male symbol and reciting "By the forces of heaven and hell, Draw to us this woman fell, Rend from her foul desire, That she may perish as a moth to fire."


The Power of Three

Prue, as Manny, throws Darla against the wall to destroy her. She finds herself unable to use her powers against her outside P3, although Piper does manage to freeze her. She also freezes Darla inside Fine Romance when Phoebe 'borrows' the tapes.

Phoebe has a premonition about Owen Grant when she meets him for the first time.


Comment About the Succubus Appearence

The succubus side of things could have been done better. Former Playmate Heidi Marks looks great, but she only appears in about three scenes before we discover that she's this week's bad girl and in most of those she seems to be competing with Alyssa Milano as to who can show the most cleavage. There are a couple of set pieces after this, although the idea of someone coming back to life on the slab is pretty ancient.


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